Friday, July 14, 2017
The Summer of Bernie
Bernie was rescued when we was 8 weeks old by Paws4Ever, a shelter in Mebane, North Carolina. Bernie was listed as a Bernese Mountain Dog puppy and he had really big feet! Maybe people were afraid that we would grow too big!
Puppy Bernie was at a Tellington TTouch workshop at Paws4Ever and that's when he caught the eye of Jenn and her friend Laura.
Bernie was quiet and thoughtful, even as a puppy, and he loved nothing more than looking up at the trees and searching for a glimpse of a bird or squirrel.
Laura and her husband Anthony fostered Bernie until he was introduced to Jenn's other dogs Big Sandy and Lambchop. Of course, Big Sandy and Bernie were besties. They would sleep curled up in the same bed.
But Lambchop was blind and was afraid of most dogs, but she too loved Bernie from the moment they met. Bernie had a way of letting other dogs feel safe.
Bernie grew into a thoughtful and handsome dog, but definitely not a Bernese Mountain Dog. Bernie was an English Shepherd, a super smart herding breed.
Bernie might have started to slow down, but he loved his walks, spending endless time looking up at the trees and any opportunity to chase a squirrel out of the yard. And he loved meeting and charming new people.
And Bernie and I starred in training videos for Good Dog in a Box, the company that Jenn and her sister Kim started to help children learn about dog body language, dog bite prevention and reward based training for kids.